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Last edited at 5:08PM on 1/9/2011
This is a little bit away from the focus of your question...but even now today people justify bad stuff by saying we HAVE to do it that way because of "economic feasibility."
But I remember seeing a PBS program on how slavery was ended in England, not through war but through the legal system. And economics was a big argument; however the judge that handed down the decision ending slavery in England wrote: "Let justice be done though the heavens may fall."
I saw that program probably 35 years ago now, but I still remember it and I believe it too. Slavery was NOT vital to the economy, it was intolerable to the human spirit of all.
Maintaining cotton field was one of the importances of slavery, but the invention of the cotton gin was a great outcome of it all. Before the cotton gin was created, slaves had to hand pick the cotton, which was really time consuming. After the cotton gin was invented slaves didn't have to work as hard, and produced twenty times more cotton. This made the demand for cotton high and made the economy a lot stronger since the trade of cotton caused a LOT of profit.